ALBIA - Jackson Pence led a balanced scoring effort for the Albia boys basketball team, putting in 16 points as the Blue Demons remained unbeaten through three games with a 76-57 South Central Conference victory over Centerville.
Pence was one of five players to reach double figures in scoring. Blake Chance scored 15 for the Blue Demons (3-0, 3-0 SCC), Nathaniel Wynn added 14, Brayden Messamaker scored 12 and Joe Teno chipped in with 11.
Matthew McDonald led all scorers with 19 points to pace Centerville (1-4, 1-1 SCC). The Big Reds scored 23 points in the third quarter to get within 10 before the Albia defense stepped up, allowing just eight points in the final eight minutes.
"We were unselfish. We shared the ball and gave each other the right looks," Albia head boys basketball coach Kevin Archer said. "It was fun to watch. We really did the right things. We can still get better, but we did a lot of really good things in this game."
EBF 71, Clarke 53
OSCEOLA — Kalen Walker's career-high 31-point effort was just part of the story for the resurgent Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rockets, who have responded after having a 24-game South Central Conference winning streak snapped by Albia to open the season.
EBF's defense stepped up in the fourth quarter, allowing just two points to Clarke in a 71-53 win. The victory is the second in a row in conference play for the Rockets and 25th in the last 26 SCC contests.
Ethan Davis added a first career double-double for EBF, scoring a career-high 18 points while grabbing 13 rebounds. Logan McCrea added 10 points in the Rocket win.
West Burlington 68, Cardinal 55
WEST BURLINGTON — Landon Becker led the Comets with 15 points in a tough road loss to the Falcons. West Burlington clinched the win from the free throw line to avoid dropping a Southeast Iowa Super Conference South Division contest at home.
Dawson Lewis added 11 points for Cardinal. Blaine Bryant scored 10 and pulled in five rebounds.
Cardinal (1-4, 0-4 SEI south) hosts Melcher-Dallas on Saturday in non-conference action before traveling to Central Lee on Thursday in the final game before the holiday break.
Fairfield 48, Fort Madison 44
FAIRFIELD — Carter Ferrel had 11 points and seven rebounds as the Trojans downed the Bloodhounds in a Southeast Conference contest to pick up their first win of the season.
The Trojans (1-3, 1-1 SEC) fell behind by six points after a quarter, but either outscored or tied the Bloodhounds the rest of the way.
Hillcrest Academy 68, Pekin 54
KALONA — Eli Ours scored 27 points to lead three players in double figures, and the Ravens were 23 of 28 at the free-throw line in handing the Panthers their first loss of the season in a SEI Superconference North Division battle.
Noah Miller added 17 points for Hillcrest, while Kobe Borntrager tossed in 14.
Pekin (3-1, 3-1 division) hosts Lone Tree Tuesday.
Danville 72, Van Buren County 40
DANVILLE — Lane Davis scored 14 points and Tony Davison added 13, but the Warriors were routed in a SEI Superconference South Division road game.
Danville, which received 20 points from Taylor Kensett, took an 11-point lead after a quarter, then outscored the Warriors (2-3, 1-3 division) 24-9 in the third quarter to break the game open.
Pekin 56, Hillcrest Academy 12
KALONA — Sophie Wittrock and Emilee Linder each scored 15 points to lead the Panthers to a fifth straight victory to open the season. Wittrock added 10 assists for a first career double-double as Pekin allowed just two points in the first quarter to the Ravens, building a 23-point lead.
Kerrigan Pope added 12 points for the Panthers, helping Davis Eidahl's squad improve to 5-0 with five Southeast Iowa Super Conference north division wins.
Fairfield 49, Fort Madison 40
FORT MADISON — Shaylin Drish scored 15 points to lead the Trojans to a bounce-back win in Southeast Conference play. Fairfield outscored the Bloodhounds 23-5 in the second quarter and never looked back, overcoming a 5-17 shooting effort from the free throw line that helped Fort Madison cut an 18-point deficit in half during the final quarter.
Destiny Gridley added 11 points for the Trojans (3-1, 2-0 SEC).
West Burlington 80, Cardinal 27
WEST BURLINGTON — Maddie Cloke scored 12 points, but West Burlington's 28-4 start lifted the Lady Falcons to a SEI Superconference South Division rout.
Sydney Marlow scored 17 points to lead all scorers as 10 different West Burlington players scored. Cardinal (2-4, 1-4 SEI South) was blanked in the fourth quarter.
EBF 51, Clarke 31
OSCEOLA — The Rockets led by as many as 26 points on the way to a third straight victory, all in conference play, to even their overall record kicking off a four-game home stand.
EBF (3-3, 3-0 SCC) hosts Grand View Christian, Knoxville and Oskaloosa looking to head into the holiday break with a winning record after opening 0-3.